Troop 60719 made for their Silver Award, Concerned Girl Scout, two blogs about healthy solutions for your body and the environment. It covers everything from caring for you body by not using beauty products with harmful chemicals to how to save endangered species of plants and animals.
Did you know you can donate your voice?! How about enlisting donors and having a "voice drive"? Or set up a Little Free Library around town? Or assist in building a local rain garden?
Here are some wonderful ideas that have been shared with us in hopes that a local Girl Scout or Troop may be inspired to take action, participate, and promote!
The idea of being able to donate something useful during our lifetime is certainly a very special gift. Some folks cannot donate blood for numerous reasons and vital organs only upon our last day on Earth. This is something painless and useful, that could potentially alter a person's life.
On a recent TED talk about artificial voices, the speaker mentioned a program that partners voice donors with speech impaired people. Here's the TED talk, it's just under 12 minutes long.
Rupal Patel, the speaker, gave information for their website: http://vocalid.org/
What they are doing is gathering voice sounds from voice donors, and matching them with children and adults who cannot speak on their own. They give people the opportunity to forge a voice identity, though they cannot speak with their own vocal chords.
It’s a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share. You can, too!
In 2016, Girl Scout Service Unit 72 in Hillsborough began a scholarship program to offer two $500 scholarships to graduating Girl Scouts. Applicants were asked to submit a short essay entitled “How Girl Scouts will Influence my Future”, where they were to describe their time as a Girl Scout and what they had learned through scouting. In addition, and most importantly, the essay should share how their experience as a Girl Scout has shaped them, and how they will apply these lessons to their future. We are so proud of all of our amazing graduating Girl Scouts – those who submitted an essay and those who didn’t. These girls are our future, and they are the result of a lot of love and hard work put in by their parents, leaders, and others in this community.
Below are the essays from the scholarship winners. We hope you enjoy them, and are as inspired by them as we were. - The Hillsborough Girl Scout Experience Award Committee
2018 Winner Hana Bahlawan
"The experiences that I've had as a Girl Scout have undoubtedly set me up for success in the future. I have learned valuable life lessons, such as patience, communication skills and organization skills that will assist me in almost any occupational field, especially communications. I confidently believe that I will be successful in my life, and I owe it all to Girl Scouts." To read more, click link
2018 Winner Brynne Briegs
"As an involved senior at Hillsborough High School, I can say I am many things: a dedicated student, a Raider, a daughter, a musician. But one of the things I am proudest to say is that after all these years, I am a Girl Scout" To read more, click here
2018 Winner Alexis Feder
"My wonderful experiences with Girl Scouts has helped me grow as a person. If it was not for the Girl Scouts I would not be where I am - poised to start my new life as a college student and then (hopefully) in my career as an early education teacher." To read more, click here
2018 Winner Shreeshruthi Raghavan
" I think joining the Girl Scouts as a first grader was one of the best decisions I have made or ever will make in life. Not only has it taught me how to give back to others, it has also taught me about self-respect and empowerment." To read more, click here
2017 Winner Tara Wattal
“Girl Scouts illuminated new experiences. My troop brought me sisterhood and taught me empathy. The countless service projects and journeys that I completed over the years gave me a purpose. The organization served as a catalyst for my interest in feminism and social justice. And ultimately, Girl Scouts taught me that my dream to save the world is not reserved for childhood fantasy.” To read more, click here
2017 Winner Emily Duque
“The things I love most of all about Girl Scouts are somewhat typical; I love spending summer weeks at Camp Hoover, and I love how popular I get during cookie season.… But the one thing that is the most rewarding about Girl Scout is the service experiences I have had…sometimes it is the smallest things that have the biggest impact. So, even if you cannot immediately cause major change, any small bit of volunteering is helpful.” To read more, click here
2016 Winner – Emily Washbourn
“Girl Scouts also allowed me to learn that it is okay to continue doing something even when no one else wants to. My troop went from 15 girls to three, with me being the only one to work towards my Gold Award. Though it was tempting to quit with the rest of my friends, I stayed with the program because I truly believe in the message it sends, and the lessons it teaches. This persistence despite other’s opinions is something that I have only learned from Girl Scouts and I will carry the lesson with me for years to come in college and eventually the workplace. To read more, click on the this link.
2016 Winner Emily Van Pelt
“I am a strong woman. I am a leader, a coordinator and a hard worker because of the values instilled in me during Girl Scouts. Women today often fall victim to self-doubt and I am no exception. But throughout my years from Daisy on, my leaders and sisters pushed me to become the best I can and to ignore the voices that tell me I’m not good enough.” To read more, click here